Western Pleasure Bit help?
I am riding my horse with a low port shank western bit.
I want to buy a different bit that would refine her cues.
With the bit she is using now, my reins aren't loose because she doesn't bend her head properly unless she has a more firm contact.
I want to get a bit, where I can have a loose rein and she will feel a slight movement of my hand.
The old owners gave me the bit I have now just to start her with, and they said once I knew her better to move up to a different one.
When I tried her out, they had a different bit in her mouth, and she was great with just the slightest movement of my hand.
I think I need to get the same kind of bit, with a higher port?
If you would like to post links to bits, please do so, but my budget is about $40 for a bit.
Thanks so much!
**Also: I don't want a harsh bit that will hurt her mouth. I just want a bit that I barely have to pull up on the rein, because the one I use now is alot more uncomfortable for her, because I am constantly pulling on her mouth because she is stubborn***
Bump^^ I'm going shopping in a couple days, and any help would be excellent :)
i use a correctional with rotating shanks. and a copper mouth. like this:
Milepost Stainless Steel Reining Horse Bit with Copper Bar Correction Mouth - 4007575 | Tractor Supply Company
Stops don't come from the bit, remember that. In fact, I rarely engage the rein when stopping anymore. And why are you pulling up to stop the horse? High hands = hollow horse.
Milepost Tom Thumb Horse Bit with Copper & Stainless Mouth - 4007452 | Tractor Supply Company <-- one of my favourite bits.
Any other kind of bit than what you are using now would create more problems than it would solve. Quite a few WP riders use a long shanked cathedral port because it is a more harsh bit and you don't have to give as big a signal to get results, however, used improperly or in uneducated hands, you would have a horse that was bracy, hollow, and gaping their mouth.
The final result doesn't come from what you put on their head, it comes from what you put in their head.
I'm totally using that as my signature if you don't mind ;)
Try training her with your seat/legs. Then you won't have to TOUCH her mouth/head.
I need a bit that she can feel it on a loose rein and bend without me pulling on her mouth to get her to bend.
(kindof hard to explain :S)
She would enjoy it so much more, because I wont have to give her huge half halts all the time trying to make her bend. She will only need little ones, and that way won't stress her mouth out more.
I would be using a hackamore, but they are not allowed in western pleasure shows, and I have a couple in a month's time.
Also, I looked at the bit you posted smrobs, and that is too harsh for me. The bit I have now, has a really low port, I want something maybe medium port or so.
The only thing is that if you are having to pull on her mouth to get her to give, then a different bit won't change that. You will still have to pull on her mouth, it just wouldn't feel quite as much of a pull to you. She would still have to have the same amount of pressure.
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